Mad Men season 5 continues with episode 5, "Signal 30." Lane brings new business to the agency, Pete does some questionable things, and Ken's secret comes out.
New Business for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce?
Pete's in driver's education class, doing what he shouldn't be and noticing one of the young girls there. At home, he's kept awake by a leaky faucet and gets up to fix it. Meanwhile, Lane lucks out when he goes to a pub to watch the World Cup with Rebecca and ends up talking to a man who's looking for an ad agency.
Joan's back at work (finally!) and when she asks about new business, Lane tells them about England winning the World Cup and the new friend he made in Edwin Baker, senior VP of Public Relations for Jaguar. They're looking for a new agency to break into the American market and dinner is set. While the others are happy about it, Pete's being very bitchy. After Lane leaves, Don says someone should give Lane advice, and Roger volunteers. Don wants to get out of dinner with the Campbells, but Megan tells him he'll have to call Trudy.
After an awkward run-in at a diner, Ken explains himself to Peggy. He's been writing science fiction/fantasy under a nom de plume. Meanwhile, Roger gives Lane some advice for his meeting, but will it lead to a successful business dinner with Edwin? While on the phone with Trudy, Don tries to get out of the dinner, but she's not going to take any of his excuses. This dinner will happen, even if they reschedule. Pete continues to make poor decisions and talk to the girl during their driver's education class break.
Don's not looking forward to the dinner, and Megan makes him change and stop drinking since he's driving. Once there, while the wives head into the kitchen, Don, Pete, and Ken relax in the living room, and Pete's obviously thrilledÂ—maybe a little too muchÂ—Don's there. Meanwhile, Lane's at his own dinner with Edwin and trying very hard to make sure it goes well.
Dinner talk turns to Ken's writing when CynthiaÂ—and Megan's outburst upon someone mentioning her name is actually amusing since they couldn't remember her nameÂ—brings it up and tells the others about one of his stories. When the women head into the kitchen for dessert, the faucet ends up spraying water everywhere, and Don comes to the rescue while Pete fidgets with his toolbox. Trudy comes in with their baby, and this leads to Don suggesting to Megan, "let's make a baby," as she's driving them home and asking her to pull over. She does.
At work the next day, Lane tells Roger and Pete he "primed" Edwin for another dinner, and Pete suggests letting them and Don take Edwin out for the business dinner and then Lane can "swoop in."
Lane Shows Pete Who's Boss
Pete's still talking to that young girl, Jenny, but he loses her interest when HansonÂ—nicknamed "Handsome"Â—walks in late (and mistakes Pete for the instructor). Don, Roger, and Pete take Edwin out for dinner, and he says they should have some fun. He plans to give them the business but wants to make sure he has fun with those he's working with. He and Lane don't have the same taste in that area, and Roger says he knows of a party around the corner. While Edwin, Roger, and Pete all head up to rooms with women, Don sits at the bar and actually stays solo for the evening. On the cab ride home, Pete obviously doesn't like Don judging his actions, but Don points out that not everyone has what he has waiting at home. Don has changed (which is good for Megan), but so has Pete (which is not good for Trudy). He advises Pete to go home, take a shower, and forget it. Pete does head into the shower once he gets home.
Roger lets Ken know he knows about his writing and reminds him that he has a day and night job. Rebecca calls Lane upset, and when he arrives at the partners' meeting, he asks Joan to leave before yelling at the others for what happened. They lost the account. Edwin's wife found out about their night out (the girl left her gum behind), and Pete just says he was doing his job. He tells Lane they don't need them, and Lane finally has enough with Pete's bitchiness in this Mad Men episode and takes off his jacket and rolls up his sleeves. Pete follows suit, and Don closes the curtains. Roger takes out a cigarette (and you have to love his reaction to this) as the fight begins. Peggy and Joan listen from the other side of the wall. Pete finally goes down, and Lane tells him that was his last piece of advice before leaving. Roger says he had Lane. Needless to say, the meeting needs to be rescheduled.
Joan brings ice to Lane and asks what happened. He wants to know what he does there, and she tells him "something essential." While he's different from the others, that's a good thing. Lane kisses Joan (and that seemed to be a long-time coming), and she opens the door before sitting back down. He apologizes, and she just says that everyone's wanted to do that to Pete.
That's definitely true about Ken, who knows that Pete was the one to tell Roger about his writing. He tells Peggy he's decided to "leave the writing to the writers." When Pete joins Don in the elevator, he wonders why he didn't do anything and says they're supposed to be friends in the office. He tells Don he has nothing.
Ken sits up writing. Pete goes back to the class and watches Jenny with "Handsome."
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